Is erectile dysfunction a marker for coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is often a marker for coronary artery disease (CAD), the main form of heart disease in the U.S. The same problems with blood flow that lead to CAD may first present as ED. The connection is even stronger in younger men: Those who developed ED symptoms before the age of 60 tended to have more severe coronary artery disease. Heart disease is a potentially deadly illness. It can lead to heart attack and stroke. If you are experiencing ED, talk to your doctor. Determining the cause could save your life!
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be a sign or marker of coronary artery disease, which can lead to a heart attack. Over time, coronary artery disease can cause blood vessels to become narrowed. As less blood flows to the penis during arousal, it becomes difficult to get or maintain an erection.

Your doctor can evaluate whether ED is a sign that you have a coronary artery disease, and recommend appropriate changes to your lifestyle and other treatment.

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